DEAD FADER: ‘IN COVER’ SINGLE RELEASED THIS WEEK, DUAL ALBUM RELEASE ON ROBOT ELEPHANT AND SMALL BUT HARD INCOMING THIS APRIL, PLUS LIVE SHOWS FAST APPROACHING
This week sees the release of ‘In Cover’ from Dead Fader (producer John Cohen), which pits turn-of-the-millenium Orbital against early Boards of Canda in an arena of granulated synths and ambient grappling – taken from Blood Forest, one of two full-length albums to be released by Dead Fader on April 21st in a collaboration between Robot Elephant and Small But Hard Records.
We are happy to be able to share with you two of the tracks from the ‘In Cover’ single on Robot Elephant, including B side exclusive “Altar Ego”. Listen to the title track here
, and ‘Altar Ego’ here
, and order the 12″ from bandcamp
Dead Fader will also be taking to the road, starting this week, playing these three dates –
21st March – Salford, Islington Mill with Dwellings
24th March – London, The Old Blue Last with Dan Hayhurst (Sculpture), k(no o) vs Vorrs + Robot Elephant DJs – FREE ENTRY
The dual release format celebrates the two distinct strains of Cohen’s output – watch the video for ‘Tubed’ taken from Scorched (Small But Hard):
which summises the yin and yang relationship of extremeties that Dead Fader revels in, with shockingly immediate visuals and audio.
Most recognised for his sonic extremity, previous Dead Fader
work has focused on heavy distortion, melding noise with infectious dance-floor sensibility. With Scorched
, this world collapses in on itself. Stripped back textures expose raw extremity and breadth. The album teeters on its fulcrum, maxed into the red, rhythm pushing and pulling to a fine-tuned tension and solidarity.
Blood Forest redresses the balance, introducing bittersweet textures and lush detuned synth melodies. Neoclassical influences are fragmented and reinvented, sprinkled with elements of electronic classics such as Boards of Canada. Cohen’s masterful battle between chaos and control, tension and release provokes all the right emotional responses, without giving it away too easily.
Dead Fader‘s artistic voice is confident and full of clarity. Borrowing elements from a vast array of genres, producer John Cohen reconstructs reality, the result an exhilarating mix of the familiar and the forbidden. It is this fusion of elements that is the glue holding together the two offerings, simultaneously complementary and contrasting in style.
‘Scorched’ is like being driven over wasteland in the boot of a car. ‘Blood Forest’ is the solace that awaits at the end of the journey. making the pain worth while.” – MARK CLIFFORD (SEEFEEL)
2. In cover
4. Neet Swim
9. If ever
10. Blood forest
11. Left – Right
(“In Cover” single B sides)
2. 1000 test
4. Danger zone
8. No exceptions
“Dead Fader constructs savagely abrasive dance tracks from molten blocks of noise and distortion… your average Dead Fader track is a masterpiece of control, prying open a porthole into the yawning void whilst keeping a few toes carefully planted on the dancefloor.”
– The Quietus
“Cohen takes only the bites of each genre that he needs, and the result is exhilarating.” – FACT
“We once again find ourselves with his trademark sound between stabbing hip-hop and industrial-sounding bass music… a feast of abrasive textures” – Playground
“Sometimes you discover a track that makes you pound your desk and shriek “SICKKKKK” into the sky, to whatever god or ceiling fixture will listen.” –Electronic Beats